From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Besoeki is a town in Java.

(AK: dp. 8414; l. 358'; b. 44'6"; dph. 28'5"; s. 9 k.; cpl. 70; a. 1 5", 1 3")

Besoeki was built in 1901 by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany, for Dutch owners; taken over by the United States under the 20 March 1918 Presidential Proclamation; transferred to the Navy 2 April 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander T. Hillgrove, USNRF, in command.

Besoeki was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and carried cargo to European ports until decommissioned and returned to her owners at Rotterdam, Holland, 14 June 1919.